If complications in pregnancy and childbirth can lead to disability, then special education in all school levels is really a must.
Complications related to pregnancy and childbirth have killed almost 10 million women since 1990, said Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director, in a report. It is the highest lifetime risk for maternal death in Niger, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Chad, Angola, Liberia, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea-Bissau, and Mali.
But special education should be more than teaching people with disabilities (PWDs). It should be more than designating special schools, special classrooms, and tsukyu (resource rooms) in Japan. It should be more than providing “accommodations” for those PWDs who would be taking national exams in Singapore. It should also be more than exempting students with hearing impairments in Finland from taking listening comprehension tests.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” Benjamin Franklin had said. Since complications in pregnancy and childbirth are a factor to disability, lessons about it should be discussed in all kinds of schools!
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~Nelson Mandela
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